The Goddesses

The Divine Feminine

The Divine Feminine

Perhaps the most profound and omnipresent symbol of the Divine Feminine is Mother Earth herself. Concern for the environment and “green” practices demonstrate respect for the Goddess, who is manifest in all of nature. It’s no accident that movements honoring the earth and the Goddess evolved simultaneously. Indeed, many witches believe that unless Goddess energy reawakens within each of us and in the world as a whole, the planet may be destroyed.

Witches often depict the Goddess in three stages that represent the three phases of a woman’s life: maiden, mother, and crone. Celtic art illustrates this tripart nature as three interlocking pointed loops called vesica piscis, which symbolize the opening to the womb. Others show the feminine trinity as three phases of the moon: waxing, waning, and full.

The Maiden

The Maiden Goddess signifies youth. In this aspect, she symbolizes innocence, hope, joy, curiosity, flexibility, courage, and enthusiasm. Greco-Roman mythology expressed this phase of the Goddess as Luna, the chaste moon goddess. Diana, Artemis, Eos, Renpet, Bast, and Persephone also characterize the maiden aspect of the Divine Feminine.

In magickal work, the following can serve as symbolic associations for the Maiden:

  • Baby animals (before puberty)
  • The colors silver, white, and light blue
  • Lightweight clothing and delicate fabrics such as gauze, lace, thin cotton, and silk
  • Clear quartz, pearl, diamond, aquamarine
  • The chaste tree, meadowsweet, lemongrass, white rose, hyacinth, narcissus, crocus, apple blossoms, peach blossoms, lilac, gardenia
  • The morning hours of the day, from dawn until noon
  • The spring months
  • The waxing moon

The Mother

The Mother Goddess signifies maturity. Her attributes include fertility, creativity, nurturing, comfort, abundance, strength, sensuality, confidence, and power. Pele, Gaia, Freya, Isis, Ceres, Demeter, Brigid, Oshun, Yemaja, Aphrodite, Venus, Tara, and Mary are among the goddesses who personify the mother phase of the Divine Feminine.

In magickal work, the following can serve as symbolic associations for the Mother:

  • Pregnant or nursing animals
  • Rich colors: ruby red, forest green, royal blue, and amber
  • Luxurious clothing and fabrics including velvet, damask, cashmere, silk, and mohair
  • Geode, emerald, turquoise, opal, coral, rose quartz, amber
  • Apple, pomegranate, peach, raspberry, strawberry, red clover, red rose, mint, iris, jasmine, cinnamon, parsley, daisy, myrtle, orchid, saffron
  • The afternoon hours, from noon to sunset
  • Summer through the harvest season
  • The full moon

The Crone

The Crone signifies the years after menopause. In some traditions, a woman is considered a Crone after she has experienced her second Saturn Return (usually at about age fifty-eight). The attributes inherent in this aspect of the Divine Feminine include wisdom, intuition, prophecy, stability, pragmatism, patience, detachment, and fortitude.

 

The last phase of womanhood, the crone period, is the one usually associated with witches. The traditional images of the ancient crone or hag aren’t attractive, but that reaction is not surprising. Humans are afraid of mortality and the Crone reminds one of old age and death.

Sophia, Hecate, Ceridwen, White Buffalo Woman, Butterfly Woman, Kali, Lilith, Baba Yaga, and Kuan Yin are among the goddesses who personify the crone phase of the Divine Feminine. In magickal work, the following can serve as symbolic associations for the Crone:

  • Old animals
  • Dark colors: brown, black, midnight blue, purple
  • Heavy clothing (often robes) and fabrics including wool, linen, and velvet
  • Smoky quartz, jet, onyx, amethyst, fossils
  • Holly, mandrake, pine, juniper, mistletoe, nightshade, nuts, oak, moss, wintergreen, ginseng; also dried or withered plants
  • The hours from sunset to dawn
  • Late fall and winter
  • The waning moon
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The Charge Of The Crone

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The Charge Of The Crone

by Jim Garrison

 

Hear the words of the Dark Goddess who stands within the
crossroads, whose torch illuminates the Underworld:

I am the Queen of Magic and the dark of the Moon, hidden in
the deepest night. I am the mystery of the Otherworld and the fear
that coils about your heart in the time of your trials. I am the soul
of nature that gives form to the universe; it is I who await you at the
end of the spiral dance. Most ancient among gods and mortals, let my
worship be within the heart that has truly tasted life, for behold all acts
of magic and art are my pleasure and my greatest ritual is love itself.
Therefore let there be beauty in your strength, compassion in your
wrath, power in your humility, and discipline balanced through mirth
and reverence. You who seek to remove my veil and behold my true
face, know that all your questioning and efforts are for nothing, and all
your lust and desires shall avail you not at all. For unless you know my
mystery, look wherever you will, it will elude you, for it is within you and
nowhere else. For behold, I have ever been with you, from the very
beginning, the comforting hand that nurtured you in the dawn of life,
and the loving embrace that awaits you at the end of each life, for I am
that which is attained at the end of the dance, and I am the womb of new
beginnings, as yet unimagined and unknown.

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Charge of the Goddess

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Charge of the Goddess

Whenever you have need of anything,
once in the month and better when the moon is full,
then shall you assemble in some secret place
and adore the spirit of me,
who am Queen of all witches.
There shall ye assemble,
ye who are fain to to learn all sorcery,
yet have not won its deepest secrets;
to these will I teach all things that are as yet unknown.
And ye shall be free from slavery;
and as a sign that ye be truly free,
you shall be naked in your rites;
and ye shall dance, sing, feast,make music and love,
all in my praise.
For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit,
and mine also is joy on earth;
for my law is love unto all beings.
Keep pure your highest ideals;
strive ever towards them,
let nothing stop you or turn you aside.
For mine is the secret door which
opens upon the Land of Youth,
and mine is the cup of the wine of life,
and the Cauldron of Cerridwen,
which is the Holy Vessel of Immortality.
I am the gracious Goddess,
who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man.
Upon earth,
I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal;
and beyond death,
I give peace, and freedom,
and reunion with those who have gone before.
Nor do I demand sacrifice;
for behold, I am the Mother of all living,
and my love is poured out upon the earth.

I am the beauty of the green earth,
and the white moon among the stars,
and the mystery of the waters,
and the desire of the heart of man.
Call unto thy soul, arise, and come unto me.
For I am the soul of Nature,
who gives life to the Universe.
From me all things proceed,
and unto me all things must return;
and before my face, beloved of Gods and of men,
let thine innermost divine self be enfolded
in the rapture of the infinite.
Let my worship be within the heart that rejoicest;
for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
Therefore, let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion, honor and humility,
mirth and reverance within you.
And thou who thinketh to seek for me,
know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not
unless thou knoweth the mystery;
that if that which thy seekest thou findest not within thee,
thou wilt never find it without thee.
For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning;
and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

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Deity of the Day for July 14th is Hecate, Goddess Of Witchcraft

Deity of the Day

Hecate

Goddess of Witchcraft

 

Hecate (or Hekate) is the Goddess of Witchcraft and of Justice. She is also a Goddess of the Underworld, Secrets and Wisdom. Hers is the power of knowing. She is often seen as a dark force, but she is a protector of women and those who seek justice. Her justice is like that of the hounds that accompany her: simple, direct, swift and uncompromising.

This Goddess’ quest for pure justice, combined with her witchcraft and secret knowledge, can be seen as harsh by many modern cultures. As a result, this type of justice is sometimes seen by many people as vengeance. However, she is not interested in simple vengeance; justice is a much in raising up the just as it is in bringing down the unjust.

The Goddess is most often seen depicted with dogs. There is some debate about the meaning of this, but it is thought to be either a symbol of birth or of death. She is a Goddess of both. She is the Goddess of the Crossroads – not only in this world, but between this world and the next. Although most often associated with dogs, she is also associated with frogs, horses, serpents, cows and owls. In her three-headed form, she is often depicted with one or more animal heads.

This goddess is also associated with medicinal and poisonous plants, and the arts of using them. These plants include aconite (aka monkshood and wolfsbane), belladonna (aka nightshade) , dittany, and mandrake. Yew, Cyprus and garlic are also sacred to this Goddess. Yew in particular was used in Ancient Greek death rites and during sacrifices to the goddess.

Hecate in the Ancient World

This is one of the most confusing Goddesses in the Greek Pantheon. Depending on the region and historical period that one looks at, she is a virgin goddess, a crone, a young woman, a three-bodied Goddess, or a being with three different heads. She is associated with magic, witches, ghosts, crossroads, childbirth, nurturing the young, gates, walls, doorways, lunar lore, torches and dogs.

This Goddess’ origins are as varied as her purpose. In some cases she was a Titan, in others, a child of Olympians. Most who study such things believe that she was the patron Goddess of a smaller culture that was conquered or absorbed by the Greeks. This is demonstrated in the way this Goddess was incorporated into major myths of the time.

Her Roman name, Trivia, means “Three (Tri) Ways (Via)”, and has little to nothing to do with the modern English word “trivia”. Small statues of her were placed at crossroads and at the entrances to private homes and cities. Statutes at crossroads often depicted her Triple Goddess, while those at entrances were usually of a woman carrying two torches.

Final Note

The worship of Hecate often leads to difficult choices that are not often accepted by society. She is a Goddess of rebirth, and those who she chooses become stronger and more comfortable with themselves and their own choices. Many people first come to her seeking some form of vengeance, but learn that justice and their own strength is more important.

 

Source:

Author: Psychic Wolf

Website: Pagan Growth

 

 

 

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WOTC Extra – Honoring and Invoking Deities

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 Honoring and Invoking Deities

 

How can you get a god or goddess on your side? Many witches believe that divine assistance is always available to you and that the deities gladly offer their guidance, help, and energy to humans to use for positive purposes. Some view divine beings as higher aspects of human consciousness, which can be accessed and activated through magickal means.

 

If you aren’t used to considering a divine being as a partner in your spiritual favorite god or goddess for assistance and practical pursuits, you may wonder how to go about petitioning your favorite god or goddess for assistance. Here are a few suggestions:

 

Make an offering of some sort to the deity. Burning incense is a popular offering, although you may wish to choose an offering that more specifically corresponds to the nature of the deity whose help you seek.

 

Place a figurine of the chosen deity on your altar and focus your attention on it.

 

Use an oracle, such as tarot cards or runes, to access Divine Wisdom and open your mind to messages from the deities.

 

Pray.

 

Meditate.

 

Light a candle in honor of the deity you wish to petition.

 

Design and perform a ritual to the deity.

 

Write your request on a slip of paper, then burn it.

 

Choose a crystal or gemstone that relates to the deity. Carry the stone in your pocket and touch it periodically.

 

Plant herbs or flowers in honor of the god or goddess. Choose plants that correspond to the deity’s nature and your intent, such as roses for love or mint for prosperity

 Source:

The Everything Wicca and Witchcraft Book: Rituals, spells, and sacred objects for everyday magick

Skye Alexander

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Let’s Talk Witch – How do Gods and Goddesses Reveal themselves?

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How Do Gods and Goddesses Reveal Themselves?

The answer depends on the person asking the question. If you tend to be a visual person, you might see a vision that you associate with a particular god or goddess. Isis, for instance, might send an image of winged arms or appear as a great bird. If your auditory sense is strong, you may hear a deity speak to you. Brigid might invite you to stir her cauldron or Yemaya’s song might penetrate your dreams. Apollo may make his presence known via the scent of bay leaf, one of his sacred plants. Suffice it to say that the Divine knows how to connect with each person through a medium that he or she will understand.

 

Frequently, deities communicate with humans through dreams. While sleeping, you’re more receptive to symbols and signs than you are in your ordinary waking state. Gods and goddesses may slip you messages while you’re meditating, too. Perhaps you may receive insights while you’re engaged in mundane tasks, such as putting on makeup or washing dishes—when your mind is only partly focused on the familiar activity, allowing room for spiritual discourse to take place.

 

Pay attention to signs. To American Indians, the appearance of an animal or bird may be a signal from a divine being who has assumed the creature’s form in order to convey information. Listen to your intuition, too—hunches can be messages from a higher source.

 

Source:

The Everything Wicca and Witchcraft Book: Rituals, spells, and sacred objects for everyday magick (Everything®)

Skye Alexander

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A Dianic Creation Myth

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A DIANIC CREATION MYTH

In the infinite moment before all time the Goddess arose from chaos and gave birth to Herself.

This was before anything else had been born… not even Herself. And when She separated the skies from the waters She danced upon them.

As She danced, so did Her ecstasy increase. In Her ecstasy She created everything that is.

Her movements made the wind and the element Air was born and did breathe. And the Goddess named Herself: Arianrhod, Cardea, Astarte

And sparks were struck from Her dancing feet so that She shone forth as the Sun, and the stars were caught in Her hair. Comets raced about Her, and the element Fire was born. And the Goddess named Herself: Sunna, Vesta, Pele’

About her feet swirled the waters in tidal wave and river, and flowing stream. The element Water did move. And She named Herself: Binah, Mari Morgaine, Lakshmi

And She sought to rest her feet from their dance, and She brought forth the Earth so that the shores were Her footstool, the fertile lands Her womb, the mountains Her full breasts, and Her streaming hair the growing things. And the Goddess named Herself: Cerridwen, Demeter, the Corn Mother

She saw that which was and is and will be, born of Her sacred dance and cosmic delight, and infinite joy.

She laughed, and the Goddess created Woman in Her own image, to be the Priestess of the Great Mother.

From Her Elements; Earth, Air, Fire and Water, the Goddess created for Herself a Consort- for love, pleasure, companionship and sharing.

The Goddess then spoke to Her daughters, saying: “I am the Moon to light your path and to speak to your rhythms.

I am the Dancer and the Dance. I whirl without motion.

I am the Sun who gives you warmth in which to stretch and grow. I am All that will Be.

I am the Wind to blow at your call and the sparkling Waters that offer joy. I am the Fire of the Dance of Life, and I am the Earth beneath your dancing feet.

I give to all my priestesses three aspects that are Mine:

I am Artemis, the Maiden of the Animals, the Virgin of the Hunt. I am Isis, the Great Mother. I am Ngame, the Ancient One who winds the shroud.

I shall be called a million names.

Call unto me, daughters, and know that I am Nemesis.” We are Virgins, Mothers, Old Ones- All.

We offer our created energy: to the Spirit of Women Past, to the Spirit of Women yet to Come, to Woman Spirit Present and Growing. Behold, we move forward together.

 

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.WOTC Extra – Invoking the Goddess

WOTC Extra – Invoking the Goddess

At the New Moon and Full Moon rituals, usually only the Goddess is invoke. This is because the lunar celebrations are primarily her domain. You can also call the God if you want – there is no rule against it – but most Practitioners don’t.

When you invoke the God and Goddess, light a candle for each. Use white or silver for the Goddess, yellow or gold for the God – or you can use white for both.

Some of the New Moons and Full Moons already have specific invocations included that mention the issues you will be working on during that ritual. For the rest, here are two examples.

New Moon Goddess Invocation #1

* Great Goddess, Lady of the Dark Moon, hear us! We your children

gather here in sacred space and call your name: Isis, Astarte, Diana,

Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Inanna! Hear our words. Know our hearts. Be

with us in our circle. So mote it be.

* Great Goddess, Lady of the Dark Moon, we thank you for your

presence in our circle and in our lives. May you continue to guide

and strengthen us in the days to come. So mote it be.

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New Moon Goddess Invocation #2

* Beloved Lady, we call to you to join us tonight as we meet in

sacred space. We gather in your name and ask you to help us in our

craft. Guide us to work with wisdom and with love. Welcome and

blessed be.

* Beloved Lady, you have shared with us your wisdom and your

love. We thank you for these, and all the gifts that you have given

us. Stay if you will, go if you must, in perfect love and perfect

trust. So mote it be.

Source:

Circle, Coven, & Grove: A Year of Magickal Practice

Deborah Blake.

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